The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauces, announced today it has opened its 50th restaurant in Lakewood, Ohio and is on track to open 10 additional restaurants this year.  The brand will also be expanding to six new markets with five franchise groups over the next several years.

“Over the past six months, we signed agreements to develop 11 new restaurants around the country, including three corporate locations in Texas,” said John Longstreet, president and chief executive officer, Quaker Steak & Lube®. “We’re extremely excited to expand our footprint to both new and existing markets, and introduce more guests to our unique motorsports-themed dining experience.  This growth, and the opening of our 50th restaurant, is a testament to our dedicated franchisees and our top tier management team who are committed to the brand’s success.”

Most recently, a multi-unit franchise agreement was signed with Blue Sky Development, LLC to develop three franchised restaurants in Fargo, North Dakota, and Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The company also announced plans to develop one new franchised restaurant in Waco, TX this fall, three corporate-owned locations in Dallas-Ft. Worth by 2014, and an area development agreement for three new franchised restaurants throughout Philadelphia over the next several years.  Additionally, restaurants are planned to open later this year in New Jersey, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Quaker Steak & Lube has quickly become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country and experienced significant growth in 2011, opening six new restaurants, and signing franchise agreements to develop more than 50 locations in the U.S. over the next several years.  Quaker Steak & Lube currently has 50 locations open across 15 states and Canada.

The compelling décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia, combined with its craveable food and SuperCharged events, has created a cult-like following for The Lube, as fans call it, for more than 38 years.

“We’re proud to launch this brand into North and South Dakota and continue the growth momentum,” said franchisee Jacob Wright of Blue Sky Development, LLC.  “We look forward to our first restaurant opening later this year and expanding The Lube’s® following.”

Collectively, the company serves more than 80 million wings annually along with burgers, ribs, steaks, salads, sandwiches, kid’s meals, signature beverages and many more flavorful menu items.  The Lube is also known for creative food promotions and recently won the coveted MenuMasters award for their limited time offer, Shake, Wrap & Roll.  Hand-crafted and hand-shaken beverages are also featured on the Blowout Beverages menu including the industry 2012 Cheers Beverage Award-Winning Bar Jars.

“Haute” franchise opportunities in many territories are still available with the company.

For more information about franchise opportunities, please contact Zeb Hastings at zhastings@thelube.com or visit www.lubefranchising.com

About Quaker Steak & Lube:

Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., the original Quaker Steak & Lube began as a cook-your-own steak restaurant, before expanding to 50 locations throughout the United States and Canada.  The unique décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, classic cars, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia, combined with the crave-able food and high-octane events has afforded The Lube a cult-like fan following.  Today, Quaker Steak & Lube has become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, and has won more hundreds of national and international awards for its wings and 20 different wing sauces. For more information visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.